13th January 2012
Legal groups: Canada’s overseas gay marriages are safe 9
11:44 AM — Gay advocacy groups have responded to a statement by a government lawyer yesterday which called into question the validity of thousands of gay marriages between foreign nationals on Canadian soil.
Full court martial recommended for gay Wikileaks soldier 17
11:17 AM — Bradley Manning, the gay soldier at the centre of a storm over leaked military information, has been recommended for a full court martial following a pre-trial hearing over Christmas. Officials at Fort Meade, Maryland said there was sufficient evidence to proceed to a military jury.
US group aims for ‘dot gay’ web domain 19
10:45 AM — As applications for new top level domains on the web open today, an American group is trying to secure '.gay' for the LGBT community, saying it will make it "an exemplary beacon of social entrepreneurship and an empowering resource".
Belgian minister wants anti-gay Primate replaced 44
10:08 AM — One of Belgium's deputy prime ministers has called for the anti-gay head of the Belgian Catholic Church to be replaced after he questioned the government's right to decide issues of marriage and sexuality.
12th January 2012
Tel Aviv ‘best gay city destination’ of 2011 49
3:43 PM — The city of Tel Aviv in Israel was dubbed the best gay travel destination of last year but the poll has caused concerns to resurface over alleged human rights "pinkwashing".
Gay military group’s Facebook page back after fear it ‘infringed own rights’
3:14 PM — The Facebook page of the US military's gay support group OutServe has been briefly suspended and reinstated after a user claimed it was infringing its own rights.
Up to 5,000 Canadian gay marriages ‘may not be valid’ 59
1:33 PM — A lawyer for the Canadian government has said thousands of marriages between overseas gay couples which have taken place in the country since 2004 may not all be valid under domestic law.
Anti-gay leaflet defendant ‘wanted police to check slogans’
12:08 PM — A man accused of stirring up hatred with anti-gay leaflets had met with police to ask for advice on how to stay within the law, a court has heard. There is no indication police approved the anti-gay content, but a lawyer says it is clear he did not mean to break the law.
Pat Buchanan: ‘Militant gays’ try to take me off air 70
11:07 AM — US political commentator Pat Buchanan has said "militant gay rights groups" and "people of colour" have been trying to take him off TV for "years and years and years", following his absence from the MSNBC network.
Sean Bean takes on trans role for BBC drama 75
10:10 AM — The BBC has announced Sean Bean will play a transgender character in an episode of its drama Accused, in a storyline it said was "untold on mainstream television".
Potential parents invited to UK’s first gay adoption week 6
9:38 AM — Gay men and women across the UK are being invited to attend an event in the country’s first-ever LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week, from 20 to 26 February.
11th January 2012
Liberian Speaker rules out gay rights bills 32
4:20 PM — The Speaker of Liberia's House of Representatives has said no gay rights bills will make progress during his tenure. The African state has a population of 3.8 million people and reportedly no gay rights organisations
Oxford City dismisses player for Gareth Thomas tweet 57
2:01 PM — Oxford City FC said today it had released Lee Steele from his obligations to the club after the player posted a comment on Twitter which was "seriously contrary to the ethos of the club".
Archie comics’ gay marriage issue out today 18
12:38 PM — The first gay character in the Archie Comics world, Kevin Keller, marries his partner in the issue released today, with the town's mayor presiding over the ceremony.
Video: Star Wars soldiers’ gay tale in Spanish film festival 9
12:11 PM — Two soldiers taken from the Star Wars films who must carry on their relationship in secret on the Death Star while a battle rages outside are the subject of a short Spanish film at this year's Notodo Film Festival.
Spies and accountants in Stonewall’s new employer index 31
11:20 AM — One of the largest professional services firms in the world, Ernst & Young, has topped Stonewall's list of the 100 best employers for gay and bi employees. Among 25 new entries for 2012 is MI5, the UK's counter-intelligence and security agency, ranked 62.
Gay man “terrorised” by leaflets, court told
10:45 AM — Gay men have appeared in court in Derby to tell of their experience receiving homophobic leaflets which questioned whether gays should be executed. One said he felt "terrorised" when the leaflets were pushed through his letterbox and thought he was the victim of a hate campaign.
Stephen Fry supports Catholic priest’s ‘gay panic’ petition 6
10:01 AM — Stephen Fry backed an Australian Catholic priest's petition to eliminate the "gay panic" defence from Queensland's criminal courts as signatures reached 10,000. He recently topped a PinkNews.co.uk list of the most influential Tweeters on gay life.
10th January 2012
Pope: Gay marriage ‘threatens the future of humanity’ 169
4:45 PM — Pope Benedict XVI reportedly said on Monday that allowing gay couples equal marriage rights could threaten the future of humanity, as a policy which "undermines the family".
Netflix gay category missing from UK iPad and Xbox versions’ frontpages 31
1:25 PM — The video-on-demand service Netflix, which offers users streaming films online, has left the gay category out of its new UK apps. PinkNews.co.uk readers have said when using the service on an Apple iPad and XBox 360, the films are there, but they cannot be found through a search for the word 'gay'.